Everything started from the fact that she has a finger that is always cold and pale. She was taken to Modena and underwent an intervention. I do not remember the technical term, but it consists practically in unblocking the blood vessels. On this occasion she was diagnosed with scleroderma.
I wonder now what is the relationship between the intervention she went through and the diagnosed disease?
Medical Editor's Note : Blood vessel injury resulting in Raynaud's phenomenon is an intrinsic feature of systemic sclerosis and is NOT a feature of morphea. Patients with localized scleroderma (this means skin involvement only) including morphea and linear scleroderma do not risk internal organ problems or blood vessel features of systemic disease. There are occasional patients with systemic disease who in addition to involvement of the skin of the fingers and hands will have morphea lesions in more central areas of the body. Thus while morphea does not become systemic disease - some people with systemic disease may sometimes have lesions of morphea.
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Story posted 01-26-04 SS
Story translated from Italian to English by Luis Fran Ydler
Story Artist: Judy Tarro
Story Editor: Judith Devlin
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